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Ask an activist: Twenty-five years since the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, how far have we come, and is the Platform relevant for young people?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women’s Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women’s negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 – 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on. More

Breaking the Cycle of Gender- Based Violence in Palestine

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Two prevention group members in Jerusalem discussing societal restrictions on males and females as part of the youth-parent workshop held in Anata. Photo Credit: PCC The results of the 2017 UN Women and Promundo-supported International Men and Gender Equality Survey ( IMAGES-MENA ) Survey conducted in the State of Palestine demonstrated that “65 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women reported experiencing one or more of twelve forms of occupation-related violence within the... More

In the words of Ayşegül Özdil: “When you build communication among children of different cultures, the day after you see the effect on their mothers.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Children playing at the SADA Centre with their teacher Ayşegül Özdil. Photo Credit: ASAM Ayşegül Özdil is a kindergarten teacher at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre. Supported by UN Women and funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, the SADA Women-only Centre supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women and their engagement in social activities as... More

Take Five: “Violence and instability constrain Iraqi women and girls to traditional roles, limiting their access to employment and education”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eman Abd Alrahman, Head of the Women Leadership Institute. Photo: Courtesy of WLI. Eman Abd Alrahman is a lawyer from Iraq and the Head of the Women Leadership Institute (WLI), a prominent women’s rights organization, working to provide protection services for women survivors of violence in the context of the European Union-UN Women Regional Programme Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey supported by the EU’s... More

The Tunis Forum on gender equality

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women’s rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women’s rights. More

Press Release: UN Agencies convene panel discussion on understanding the impact of intersectionality on gender equality through a disability lens

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beirut, April 10, 2019 - During the 2019 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development, UN Women, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, ESCWA and UNESCO convened a special session on the topic of Leaving No One Behind: Policy approaches to recognise intersectionality and promote inclusivity for women and girls with disabilities in sustainable development . The discussion examined the multi-dimensional nature of inclusivity in relation to gender equality and the principle of “Leave No One Behind” for the... More

Dar El-Ifta works to end harmful practices against women

Monday, April 1, 2019

Heba Salah, one of Dar El-Ifta's spokesperson. Photo Credits: Media outreach center, Egypt's Dar El-Ifta In addition to its policy work with governments, UN Women supports civil society efforts to develop and implement awareness-raising campaigns on a full range of issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women, including child marriage, female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C). These activities also aim to promote the positive engagement of men and boys as advocates... More

Egyptian Men Stand Up for Gender Equality—In homes and on the streets

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Training “Development through Art - Interactive Theater” held with men and women in Qalyubiya, Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of CARE International Egypt. Egypt faces profound gender inequalities , including harassment and gender-based violence. In five of Egypt’s governorates, the UN Women “ Men and Women for Gender Equality ” regional programme, in partnership with CARE International and Sida, is working with local communities and authorities to address the... More

Press Release: Significant progress marking an advance for the human rights of Tunisian women

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) warmly welcomes the measures announced by the Head of the Government of Tunisia to support the human rights of women. These measures directly concern the social safety net, public transport for agricultural workers, maternity and paternity leave, and the national observatory to combat violence against women. UN Women's Representative for Tunisia, Ms. Begoña Lasagabaster, stated that “these... More

Resolving Community Conflict in Lebanon: Supporting Women to Lead

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Originally published on United Nations Lebanon website. Training on mediation and conflict resolution for women in Abbassiyeh, South Lebanon. Photo: Courtesy of UNIFIL. On a cold, rainy day in February around a dozen women who have been working at the community level to resolve conflict gathered from Tyre and neighboring Qana in South Lebanon to begin their first training on conflict management and prevention. The energy in the room was unrivaled and unaffected by the blustery weather.... More

In the words of Madina Mousa: “I could not stay idle in the face of hardship, I became a Protection Specialist empowering other Syrian refugee women and girls.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Madina Mousa, Syrian refugee and Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO) in Iraq. Photo: UN Women/ Said Elmobasher Madina Mousa is a Syrian refugee who fled the war in Syria with her family and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since 2013. She started her career as a volunteer to help other refugees and is now a Protection Supervisor at the Women’s Empowerment Organization (WEO). WEO is working in partnership with... More

Empowering Women and Girls to End Violence against Women in Central Morocco

Monday, March 25, 2019

Oumaima Al Alyani, a young football player supported by the Kholoud Association. Photo: UN Women/ Younes El Moumine. A small group of women and men in Youssoufia, a region in central Morocco, is working hard to end violence against women and the gender norms that victimize women and girls. Hanane Satour is a native of Youssoufia, and a co-founder of the Kholoud Association for Development, Education and Communication (“Kholoud Association”), which works in cooperation with... More

UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

Friday, March 22, 2019

After two weeks of intense dialogue, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) concluded today in New York with a strong commitment by UN Member States to safeguard and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field’ for women and girls. More

Men and women campaign together for nationality rights in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Participants in a focus group for the nationality campaign. Photo Credit: Karima Chebbo In Lebanon, national laws do not allow Lebanese women to pass their nationality to their husbands and children. As a result, thousands of children are born and raised in the country but have no Lebanese citizenship, and can face multiple challenges, including obstacles to keeping families together. To address this, the Collective for Research and Training on Development (CRTDA), a Beirut-based... More

Masculinities in the West Bank

Thursday, March 14, 2019

During a community event organized by UN Women. Photo Credit: Sharek Youth Forum With the late September light filtering over the stone building of the University of Bethlehem campus, several dozen people milled around a series of large-print photographs erected in the courtyard. The photos, of men from the local community in the West Bank, attracted the interest of student and staff alike, as they depict men in a way not often seen in this community: playing with children, cooking and... More

She Innovates: From Southern Italy to Southern Lebanon, a merging of food, culture and women’s empowerment

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Woman making marmalades. Photo courtesy of the Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development and Family Empowerment / Houda Farfour The world is changing. Addressing complex and highly interconnected human development challenges requires exploring innovative approaches and joining efforts with non-traditional actors. As part of its 2017-2019 grant cycle, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) launched “Re-Think. Experiment”, a social innovation initiative aiming... More

Religious leaders promote gender equality in Southern Egypt

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Religious leaders during a gathering to discuss about the project and its aims. Photo: Courtesy of CARE International Egypt In rural southern Egypt, gender roles and stereotypes are often conservative. However, UN Women in partnership with CARE International in Egypt and with the support of Sida, is leading a coalition of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are engaging with men to create a more equal society through the regional programme “Engaging Men and Women for Gender... More

Press Release: As economic uncertainties, exclusionary politics, push-back on civil society, and labour informality rise, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spotlight on improving social protection, inadequate public services and gender-blind infrastructure; identifying policy actions critical to propel gender equality and transform women’s lives More

Ask an Advocate: What does it mean to advocate for gender equality in Jordan?

Monday, March 11, 2019

"Are you committed to taking the stand for Gender Equality?" The question passing through the lips of HeForShe advocates and reverberating throughout the entire Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan is taking the lead in the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality in the Arab region, with over 30,000 commitments collected from men and women.  In 2014, UN Women launched the HeForShe campaign; calling all men and boys to commit to the global movement... More

Kuwait celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 with Ring the Bell ceremony at Kuwait Stock Exchange

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Participants Ring the Bell to celebrate IWD 2019 at Kuwait Stock Exchange. Photo credit: UNDP Boursa Kuwait marked International Women’s Day for the second year in the row with a “Ring the Bell” ceremony to promote awareness of the role the private sector can play to support achievement of women’s economic empowerment. This event took place in the context of efforts by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and the... More

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